Bronchitis

Cyrus Lavian, M.D. -  - Internist

Valley Medical Urgent Care

Cyrus Lavian, M.D.

Internist located in Panorama City, CA

When you have bronchitis, the constant coughing can make it almost impossible to breathe, sleep, or go about your day. Whether your bronchitis is acute or chronic, you can find relief from your symptoms at Valley Medical Urgent Care in Panorama City, California. Cyrus Lavian, MD, and his friendly staff are always accepting new patients and can help you make an appointment today. Call the office or schedule a consultation online.

Bronchitis Q & A

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. Bronchitis is very common, often developing from the flu, a cold, or other respiratory infection, and caused by the same viruses. Chronic bronchitis is a similar but more serious condition that can last for months and is often caused by smoking cigarettes. Chronic bronchitis can become periodically worse; this is often due to the contraction of another infection in addition to your chronic bronchitis.

What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

Symptoms of acute bronchitis can include:

  • Cough
  • Thick mucus, usually discolored (green or dark yellow)
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slight fever or chills
  • Chest discomfort; a feeling of tightness

Bronchitis is often accompanied by cold or flu-like symptoms. These may only last a few days, but it is not uncommon for the cough to linger for weeks.

When should I see a doctor about my bronchitis?

You can see a doctor at any time to manage these symptoms, but it becomes imperative when:

  • Your cough lasts more than three weeks
  • You can’t sleep because of coughing
  • You have a fever of about 100 degrees
  • You notice blood in your mucus
  • You begin to wheeze or feel you can’t breathe

Even when symptoms don’t get this severe, it’s quite common for people to find them so unpleasant they seek medical help anyway.

How is bronchitis treated?

If you need treatment for bronchitis, there are several options. The most common is a cough syrup to help minimize your symptoms as the inflammation passes. This can ease the pain of constant coughing, especially at night, when many people find that their symptoms make sleeping difficult. You could also benefit from antibiotics if Dr. Lavian thinks there may be a bacterial infection to blame. Some at-home treatments, like using a humidifier, and lifestyle changes, like avoiding cigarette smoke, can also help soothe both acute and chronic bronchitis.

If bronchitis is causing you discomfort or keeping you up at night, call the friendly staff at Valley Medical Urgent Care today or make an appointment online using the convenient scheduling tool.